Modern life can sometimes gives us a gut-full to deal with; rushed breakfasts, long office hours, processed lunches at our desks and hectic social lives.
And while we’re all guilty of grabbing a bite to eat on the go or indulging on an evening out, poor diet and stress can leave us feeling bloated and uncomfortable and ignoring the warning signs of an unhappy gut could actually have a huge impact on our health and wellbeing.
You see, good bacteria in the gut (known as microbiome) can help boost our mood, keep our weight down and even affect cognitive abilities, so it’s important to keep things balanced.
Alternative diets promising a miracle cure have never been more popular, but there are some far simpler solutions to restoring digestive health.
Here, we reveal five practical (and natural!) tips to help get your gut happy again…
Embrace a natural diet
Eating a balanced diet will do wonders for your gut as well as your waistline. Food such as yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut are all great sources of natural probiotics, which help boost the number of good bacteria in your gut. Make sure you also eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg (10 portions if you can), ditching processed foods in favour of natural, home-cooked meals.
A plant-based diet is also rich in polyphenols, which are said to help soothe the digestive system; broccoli, blueberries and cocoa are believed to be especially beneficial. You might also want to look at upping your fibre intake; 25 grams is the recommended daily amount for optimal gut health.
Take your time
We’ve all been known to slouch over our computer screens, wolfing down a packaged sandwich or slobbing on the sofa, not paying proper attention to what we’re eating. Small changes to the way you eat could make a big difference when it comes to your gut health. Try taking your time over your next meal, chewing your food thoroughly to help ease the digestive process.
And try eating little and often; eating more regular meals can stop the gastrointestinal tract from getting overwhelmed. You’re also more likely to feel full quicker and not overindulge – so it’s a win/win situation!
Watch what you drink
Drinking plenty of water will definitely help shake things up internally. Aside from keeping your gut regular, it can help flush out toxins and improve your skin. Eight glasses of water per day is the recommended amount to aim for and it’s a good idea to carry a water bottle around with you to hydrate on the move or to get into the habit of drinking herbal teas.
People often overlook the importance of the beverages they consume, but caffeine and alcohol are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to inflammation in the gut. They can also leave the digestive system out of sync, so it’s best to consume them in moderation and cut back on sugary, fizzy drinks altogether.
It may sound obvious, but exercise is a great remedy if you’re feeling a bit sluggish. It doesn’t have to be anything dramatic, either – as long as you get moving a little every day your body will thank you for it. It’s the perfect excuse to try a new hobby like swimming or yoga, which are also major stress relievers – another culprit responsible for unhappy guts.
Stuck for time? A brisk 30-minute walk at lunch will help or why not mix up your commute by incorporating running or cycling into your routine? Physical activity helps get your colon moving and can restore your daily routine, plus you’ll be healthier and fitter than ever before.
Spice up your life
The natural benefits of spices shouldn’t be underestimated if you’re looking to banish the bloat. As well keeping your meals exciting and varied, the likes of chilli, cumin, cinnamon and paprika are all said to lower inflammation in the gut by curbing the growth of harmful bacteria.
And you probably have most of them in your kitchen cupboards already, so it couldn’t be easier to incorporate them into your daily diet!
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